TOLUCA, Mexico (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto for pushing through a raft of economic reforms, as the pair met for a North American leaders’ summit in central Mexico.
Pena Nieto has overhauled swathes of Mexico’s economy, including the key energy and telecoms sectors, in a bid to boost competition and economic growth that has long lagged that of regional peers. However, it will be years before the full economic impact of the reforms is felt.
TOLUCA, Mexico (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned Ukraine on Wednesday that there would be consequences if the violence in Kiev continues, saying the United States holds the Ukrainian government responsible for dealing peacefully with protesters.
Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Obama said the Ukrainian military should not step into a situation that could be resolved by civilians.
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday urged the Ukrainian government to pull back riot police from Independence Square in Kiev, call a truce and hold discussions with the opposition after least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence.
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the United States would consider the use of sanctions against those responsible for the violence in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY, Feb 17 (Reuters) – North America’s
three leaders will discuss a controversial pipeline project that
would transport Canadian crude deep into the United States at a
trade summit this week, Mexico’s top diplomat said on Monday,
adding he does not see it as a competitive threat.
The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline will help shape the
distribution of crude supplies in the region, and Mexico is
already beginning to diversify its oil exports away from the
United States given surging production there.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden on Friday acknowledged concerns by fellow Democrats, including the top two in Congress, about President Barack Obama’s free-trade agenda but defended the U.S. pursuit of a proposed pan-Pacific trade pact.
Biden met behind closed doors with House of Representatives Democrats as they wrapped up a three-day retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, saying he understands the political reality of their misgivings on free trade, according to a senior House Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an unusual move, the White House will release some budget data the week after it publishes its principal budget document, an administration official said on Wednesday.
The White House will release the main budget volume, which contains all of President Barack Obama’s key proposals and government agency-level information on March 4 as scheduled, a White House official said. The administration will also release the appendix that includes background information that is considered useful to lawmakers who will ultimately pass legislation detailing how the government will spend its money, the official said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday speed is of the essence for a European Union-U.S. trade deal and that the accord would strengthen economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.
“As soon as principles have been set, as soon as mandates have been given, speed is not a problem, it’s of the essence,” Hollande told a joint news conference with President Barack Obama at the White House.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it was working with partners to ratchet up pressure on Syria to accelerate removal of its chemical weapons after the United States accused it of deliberately stalling an international disarmament deal.
The Obama administration stepped up criticism of President Bashar al-Assad’s government as Secretary of State John Kerry was due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Munich on Friday amid a U.S. push for Moscow to do more to win cooperation from its ally Damascus.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top White House official voiced confidence on Thursday that Republicans would agree in the next few weeks to lift the country’s borrowing limit without using the confrontational tactics that rattled financial markets in past years.
White House Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said she believes there is less appetite on Capitol Hill for the messy fiscal standoffs that have taken place in recent years, such as the 2011 struggle over the debt limit and last October’s budget fight that led to a 16-day shutdown of the government.
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A top White House official
voiced confidence on Thursday that Republicans would agree in
the next few weeks to lift the country’s borrowing limit without
using the confrontational tactics that rattled financial markets
in past years.
White House Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said she
believes there is less appetite on Capitol Hill for the messy
fiscal standoffs that have taken place in recent years, such as
the 2011 struggle over the debt limit and last October’s budget
fight that led to a 16-day shutdown of the government.